‘No Mow May’ could see more wildflowers bloom in public areas.

South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils already have designated wildflower meadows which are only cut three times a year.

This year they will trial leaving several additional areas of land uncut for No Mow May, a national campaign which encourages people to not mow gardens and public areas during May.  

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In May, grass grows at its fastest rate and the campaign aims to let long grass grow to help boost biodiversity and provide plenty if wildflower nectar for bees.

Herald Series: A wildflower patch

At the end of the month, people are asked to take part in Every Flower Counts, a survey which will help to reveal how many bees the UK’s lawns can feed and the councils will also review how the trial has impacted each area. 

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Vale of White Horse councillor, Andrew Crawford said: “It’s really important that we do what we can to boost our biodiversity on our public land so I’m really pleased we are supporting No Mow May. 

 “We do have to carry out more cutting in our parks and on some public land to ensure it’s safe for people to use, however we will do what we can to identify more areas where we can let the grass grow and allow plants the opportunity to flourish across the district.” 

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